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Cork mental health facility criticised

A mental health facility in Cork has been criticised by the Mental Health Commission for failing to meet critical registration standards three years in a row.

The four-unit centre at St Stephen’s Hospital in Glanmire has been repeatedly criticised by the MHC in the past several years, for issues relating to a failure to ensure the dignity, privacy and autonomy of residents.

The centre, which has 93 beds, was found to be non-compliant in 12 of 18 applicable areas.

The MHC published inspection reports into the centre which revealed it was found non-compliant on all four of its conditions of registration — privacy, premises, staffing, and risk-management procedures — for the third consecutive year.

Three of these non-compliances were rated as “critical” by the MHC.

While six compliances with regulations were rated as excellent, there were four non-compliances rated as “critical risk”.

The MHC criticised the lack of facilities in one unit at the centre, which boasted just one shower and one bathroom for 20 people.

The MHC reported that the standard of care and the environment in this unit “did not respect residents’ privacy, dignity, or autonomy”.

The MHC detailed a lack of recreational activities, lack of access to national screening programmes, no outside space, lack of adequate physical health monitoring, poor individual care plans, and bed shortages.

The MHC had criticised the centre for some of these issues around two years ago.